27th and 28th APRIL 2019, Sydney Olympic Park Aquatic Centre (SOPAC)

The annual Masters Swimming NSW Long Course Championships were held at SOPAC on the weekend of the 27th and 28th April. This was later than usual as the National Championships had been held in March.

309 swimmers competed for the MSNSW pointscores and trophies from 33 NSW/ACT clubs. As well there were thirteen swimmers from 7 interstate clubs and three swimmers from overseas, a couple from Canada and a lone swimmer from New Zealand. These swimmers were eligible for medals but had no effect on the pointscores. In all there were 1305 individual swims and 129 teams contested the six relay events. This year Multiclass swimmers were integrated into the individual pointscores by using a formula that adjusted all times relative to the respective World Records.

Three of our male members competed, Mark Carroll and John Collis for Molonglo and Gary Stutsel for Tuggeranong. All three did very well although Mark was disappointed with his times. In the NSW Club Pointscore Molonglo finished 21st in the total points but were ineligible for the Average Points Trophy. Tuggeranong finished 4th overall and 3rd in the Average Points Trophy.

In the Individual Age Groups Mark came 4th from 14 swimmers, scoring a total of 41 points from a maximum of 50, John scored 35 points which gave him 6th of 17 and Gary 49 points which placed him 2nd of 8 swimmers. Gary also swam in three relay teams, the most successful of which was the 4 x 50m Mixed Medley where he teamed with Katrina Burgess, Pam Munday and Brian Curtis to finish first.  The complete results are on the MSNSW website


2018 MSNSW Long Course Championships

Age Group Name Event Time Event place
Mark Carroll  50m Backstroke 34.13 4
100m Backstroke 1:14.33 3
200m Backstroke 2:46.86 1
 50m Breaststroke 37.91 4
200m Individual Medley 2:40.16 2
John Collis  50m Breaststroke 41.07 3
100m Breaststroke 1:37.34 3
200m Breaststroke 3:37.05 2
200m Individual Medley 3:34.64 1
Gary Stutsel  50m Freestyle 36.76 1
100m Freestyle 1:36.73 2
 50m Backstroke 50.44 1
100m Backstroke 1:50.27 1
200m Backstroke 4:07.76 1
John Colli (l), Gary Stutsel (r) 2019

Mark and John also recorded Top 10 times in their Butterfly (first) leg of their Individual medleys.

Mark’s time was 32.40 and John’s 48.94.

As the National Championships in 2020 will be in Sydney and the 2020 MSNSW Short Course Championships will be held at the AIS pool it is hoped that more members will participate in lead up events this year.